Mental Health and Wellbeing – A Global Priority

Mental health problems in children and adolescents are a growing global public health concern. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that 10% of children and young people worldwide experience a mental health condition, but the majority of them do not seek help or receive care. The consequences of not addressing mental health and wellbeing for children and adolescents can not only have a detrimental impact on their present, but can also effect their future.

With social, economic, and cultural inequalities continuing to exist and have a significant impact on the mental health of children and adolescents, the mental health and wellbeing of our future generations must be a global priority.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October), set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority‘. By focusing on this theme, alongside our vision of sharing best evidence, improving practice‘, we urge you to focus on how we, as a society, can make the mental health and wellbeing of all children and adolescents a global priority.

We encourage you to explore the learning opportunities available on our website and to share with your networks and colleagues.


Topic Guides


  • NEW Podcast with Gwladys Demazure, ‘Unaccompanied Refugee Minors’ Perception of CAMHS’
  • Podcast with Dr. Seonaid Anderson and Dr. Tara Murphy, ‘Cultural Differences in Tics and Tic Disorders’
  • Podcast with Dr. Alice Taylor, ‘Cultural Adaptations to Psychosocial Interventions for Refugee Families’
  • Podcast with Hannah Abdalla, Malaika Okundi, and Carl Simela, ‘Transmission of Experiences of Racism, Anxiety, and Depression in Families’
  • Podcast with Dr. Tina Rae, ‘Supporting Child Refugees in Educational Settings’
  • Podcast with Professor Panos Vostanis, ‘WACIT; Refugee Mental Health and the Impact of Trauma’
  • Podcast with Dr. Hayley Rajpal, ‘Therapeutic Engagement with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’
  • Podcast with Dr. Andrés Martin, Dr. Jose Paez, and Dr. Doron Amsalem, ‘Destigmatizing Perceptions About Black Adolescent Depression’
  • Podcast with Dr. Emma Sciberras and Dr. Julian Fernando, ‘Climate change-related worry, engagement, and mental health’
  • Podcast with Dr. Aisha Sanober Chachar, ‘Mental Health Inequality, and Disparity, in an Unequal World’
  • Podcast with Dr. Laelia Benoit, ‘The Anxiety and Grief of the Ecological Crisis’
  • Podcast with Lauren Cross, ‘Mental Wellbeing in Schools, and the Global Mental Health Crisis’
  • Podcast with Dr. Yasmin Ahmadzadeh, ‘Genetically informed family research, and anti-racism in mental health research’
  • Podcast with Professor Bernadka Dubicka, ‘The demand for CYP mental health during Covid “a crisis on a pre-existing crisis”’
  • Podcast with Dr. Gemma Knowles, ‘Resilience, Ethnicity and Adolescent Mental Health (REACH) Project’

Lectures, talks, and discussions

  • Video Abstract from Dr. Claudia Lugo-Candelas ‘ADHD and risk for subsequent adverse childhood experiences: understanding the cycle of adversity’
  • Recorded lecture ‘Trauma – Pedagogy in practice recording’
  • Recorded lecture from Dr. Hayley Rajpal ‘Exploring the experiences of care networks providing therapeutic support to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’
  • Recorded Lecture from David Trickey ‘Understanding Trauma – Ask The Expert’
  • Recorded Lecture from Dr. Stephanie Lewis, Professor Dennis Ougrin, Professor Rachel Calam, Professor Mina Fazel, and Professor Andrea Danese ‘Military conflict and its impact on children’
  • Recorded panel discussion chaired by Dr. Jessie Baldwin ‘The future of research on Adverse Childhood Experiences: a panel discussion’
  • Recorded webinar with Professor Bernadka Dubicka, Professor Ann Sanson, Professor John Wiseman, Rhiannon Hawkins, Kirsten Hoffman, and Nathan Randles ‘Hope and courage in the climate crisis’
  • Recorded webinar with Professor Bernadka Dubicka, Professor Ann Sanson, Associate Professor Dr. Emma Sciberras, Dr. Charles Le Feuvre, Dr. Julian Fernando, and Marco Bellemo ‘Climate Change Impacting Mental Health’
  • Recorded webinar with Dr. Lise Van Susteren, Jennifer Uchendu, Dr. Laelia Benoit, Rhiannon Hawkins, André Tomlin, and Douglas Badenoch ‘Ecological Crisis and the Impact on Mental Health’


  • Blog by Dr Jemma Kwint and Lauren Hoskin, ‘Adverse childhood experiences: what support do young people need?’
  • Blog by Associate Professor Dr. Emma Sciberras and Dr. Julian Fernando, ‘Yes, young people are concerned about climate change. But it can drive them to take action’

Open Access papers from ACAMH journals

  • Open Access JCPP Paper ‘Sex, ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities and trajectories in child and adolescent mental health in Australia and the UK: findings from national prospective longitudinal studies’ (2021). Terhaag, S., Fitzsimons, E., Daraganova, G., & Patalay, P.
  • Open Access JCPP Annual Research Review ‘Achieving universal health coverage for young children with autism spectrum disorder in low- and middle-income countries: a review of reviews’ (2021) Divan, G. et al
  • Free Access JCPP Editorial ‘Is child mental health research structurally racist?’ (2021). Kollins, S.H.
  • Open Access JCPP Editorial Perspective ‘Editorial Perspective: COVID-19-related publications on young people’s mental health – what have been the key trends so far and what should come next?’. (2022) Cortese, S., Sabe, M., & Solmi, M.
  • Open Access JCPP Editorial Perspective ‘COVID-19, ADHD management and telehealth: uncertain path’. (2022) Stein, M. A. 
  • Open Access CAMH Debate ‘Child and adolescent mental health services in Pakistan; Do we need in-patient mental health facilities for children and young people?’ (2021) Syed Usman Hamdani, Zill-e- Huma, Asad Tamizuddin-Nizami
  • Free Access CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘Health inequalities, children and young people and the pandemic’ (2021) Marmot, M.
  • Free Access CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘Mental health needs of children and young people of Black ethnicity. Is it time to reconceptualise racism as a traumatic experience?’ (2021) Ayodeji, E., Dubicka, B., et al.
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘Universal mental health interventions for young students in adverse environments – a systematic review of evaluated interventions’ (2021) Higgen, S., Mueller, J.T., & Mösko, M.
  • Open Access CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘How can we help the children of Ukraine and others affected by military conflict?’. (2022) Calam, R., El-Khani, A., & Maalouf, W. 
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘Cultural adaptations to psychosocial interventions for families with refugee/asylum-seeker status in the United Kingdom – a systematic review’. (2022) Taylor, A., Radford, G., Calia, C.
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘The impact of climate change awareness on children’s mental well-being and negative emotions – a scoping review’. (2021) Martin, G., Reilly, K., Everitt, H., Gilliland, J. A.
  • Open Access CAMH Debate ‘Inequalities within understanding Eco Distress’. (2022) Hawkins, R.

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